A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News

A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News

Fish are dying and Surface users are crying, but first: a cartoon about a modern-day death wish .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

The newborn nonprofit said it had commitments totaling $1 billion and would work on AI “to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” But OpenAI restructured into a for-profit this year, saying it needed more money to fulfill its goals, and took $1 billion from Microsoft in a deal that involves helping the company’s cloud division develop new AI technology.

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft Is Taking Quantum Computers to the Cloud

Microsoft’s model is more like the existing computing industry, where cloud providers allow customers to choose processors from companies such as Intel and AMD, says William Hurley, CEO of startup Strangeworks, which offers a service for programmers to build and collaborate with quantum computing tools from IBM, Google, and others.

Russian Hackers Are Still Targeting the Olympics

Russian Hackers Are Still Targeting the Olympics

Microsoft notes that the hackers, long believed to be working in the service of the Russian military intelligence agency known as the GRU, began their attacks on September 16, just ahead of reports that the Worldwide Anti-Doping Agency had found "inconsistencies" in Russian athletes' compliance with anti-doping standards, which may lead to the country's ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, just as they were from the Pyeongchang Winter Games in 2018.

How to Change the Default Apps on All Your Devices

How to Change the Default Apps on All Your Devices

If you want to go back to the way Windows was when you first installed it—the Mail app for email, Microsoft Edge for web browsing, and so on—click the Reset button underneath the list of default apps.Setting your default web browser is done differently: Open the Apple menu, then choose System Preferences and General .

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Amazon was seen as the favorite because it dominates the cloud computing market, and already had major government contracts, including with the CIA .

A US Election Phishing Attack, Quitting Vaping, and More News

A US Election Phishing Attack, Quitting Vaping, and More News

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted a US presidential candidate, quitting vaping might be harder than you think, and there's a great deal going on the latest GoPro camera.

Iranian Hackers Targeted a US Presidential Candidate

Iranian Hackers Targeted a US Presidential Candidate

In a 30-day stretch during August and September, Microsoft saw hackers launch 2,700 attempts to identify specific target email accounts, including those belonging to current and former US government officials, journalists, and Iranians living outside Iran.

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

Microsoft's Surface Pro X Is a New, Improved Surface RT

It’s just 0.28 of an inch thick and weighs 1.7 pounds (the same weight as the other new Surface device announced Wednesday, the Surface Pro 7; more on that below).Microsoft is claiming this “pro” tablet running on Qualcomm’s ARM-based processor should be three times as powerful as the Surface Pro 6 and get about 13 hours of battery life on a single charge.

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

Microsoft Surface Duo Will Be a Dual-Screen Android 'Device'

It will run on an Intel heterogeneous chip, designed for smaller form factors, and it will run on a new version of the OS called Windows 10X, which is designed for dual-screen PCs. The Surface Duo, which at first glance looks like a Mini Me of the Surface Neo, is in many ways a completely different product.

Thousands of Tech Workers Join Global Climate Change Strike

Thousands of Tech Workers Join Global Climate Change Strike

Thousands of workers from Amazon, , Google, Microsoft, , Square, and other tech companies are expected to walk out today as part of a worldwide climate change strike led by 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg.

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

DejaBlue: New BlueKeep-Style Bugs Mean You Need to Update Windows Now

Microsoft today warned Windows users of seven new vulnerabilities in Windows that, like BlueKeep, can be exploited via RDP, a tool that lets administrators connect to other computers in a network.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Entertainment Software Association chief counsel Michael Warnecke said that the three major console makers "have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platforms.".

Ninja Is Leaving Twitch. What's Next?

Ninja Is Leaving Twitch. What's Next?

In a video, Ninja explained the move, saying, "It's the same me, just a different platform," and pointing out that his first game as a professional player was Halo , so returning to the Microsoft fold is, maybe, a little like coming home.

Microsoft’s Ebook Apocalypse, Facebook Drug Ads, and More News

Microsoft’s Ebook Apocalypse, Facebook Drug Ads, and More News

Microsoft’s Ebook Apocalypse, Facebook Drug Ads, and More News. It turns out you don't actually own your ebooks; those "Hims" and "Hers" ads you always see are against the rules; and WIRED took a look at the importance of photographing women in sports.

Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Microsoft's Ebook Apocalypse Shows the Dark Side of DRM

Presumably not many people purchased ebooks from Microsoft; that’s why it’s pulling the plug in the first place. More than anything, Microsoft’s ebook rapture underscores the hidden dangers of the DRM system that underpins most digital purchases.

How Hackers Turn Microsoft Excel's Own Features Against It

How Hackers Turn Microsoft Excel's Own Features Against It

On Thursday, researchers from the threat intelligence firm Mimecast are disclosing findings that an Excel feature called Power Query can be manipulated to facilitate established Office 365 system attacks.

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

Subscriptions Are About to Swallow Gaming

This trend was on full display at industry conference E3 last week, where developer Ubisoft revealed its UPlay Plus subscription, Google detailed its streaming Stadia platform , and Microsoft announced pricing for using Xbox Game Pass on a PC.

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Hey Alexa, Why Is Voice Shopping So Lousy?

Market research firm Forrester recently tested the commercial capabilities of voice assistants from Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The researchers asked each voice assistant 180 questions about products and services, like "what brands sell liquid laundry detergent?"

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Female Representation in Videogames Isn't Getting Any Better

Of the 126 games we tallied from the E3 events held by Microsoft, Nintendo, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, and EA, as well as the annual PC Gaming Show, a paltry six centered exclusively female protagonists, while almost five times as many, 28, centered male characters.

Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It

Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It

Security News This Week: Cryptocurrency Company Hacks Itself Before Hackers Can Hack It. Alyssa Walker. But Microsoft took the rare step this week of reversing course on some of its initiatives, deleting a database of 10 million images built from publicly available shots of 100,000 notable people.

New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's

New York's Privacy Bill Is Even Bolder Than California's

“The NY Privacy Act, in its current form, is unworkable for businesses that want to comply and fails to provide New York residents meaningful control over how their data is collected, used, and protected,” said John Olsen, a director for the Internet Association, which represents the likes of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.

Microsoft's BlueKeep Bug Isn't Getting Patched Fast Enough

Microsoft's BlueKeep Bug Isn't Getting Patched Fast Enough

When security researcher Rob Graham scanned the entire public internet for BlueKeep-vulnerable machines on Monday, using a tool he built, he found that 923,671 machines hadn't been patched, and were thus still exposed to any potential worm.

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News

Trump Is Hiding Obamacare, A Major Microsoft Bug, and More News. The White House is scrubbing out Obamacare info, Microsoft found a major flaw, and there's a good alternative to AirPods. Microsoft released a Windows XP fix, and it's a very bad sign.

Microsoft’s First Windows XP Patch in Years Is a Very Bad Sign

Microsoft’s First Windows XP Patch in Years Is a Very Bad Sign

There’s maybe no better sign of a vulnerability’s severity; the last time Microsoft bothered to make a Windows XP fix publicly available was a little over two years ago, in the months before the WannaCry ransomware attack swept the globe .

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Microsoft Wants to Protect Your Identity With Bitcoin

Instead, Microsoft is tackling the challenges of making a truly decentralized solution for a large number of users. His group at Cornell is working on some problems, such as issuing credentials in a way that preserves privacy, and how people will take care of their security keys—the “Achilles heel” of any decentralized system, he says.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

Gadget Lab Podcast: Breaking Down Microsoft Build and Google I/O

You can also download an app like Overcast or Pocket Casts and search for Gadget Lab. If you use Android, find us in the Google Play Music app by tapping here.

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

Before Microsoft released the first version of WSL in 2016 , developers could run Linux in a virtual machine. WSL made it possible to run many of the same tools and applications within Windows without the need for virtualization.

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day Vulnerability—Into Multiple Enemies' Hands

Most notably, Symantec says the Chinese group's hacking had planted an NSA backdoor on the network of its victims using a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's Server Message Block or SMB software, also seemingly learned by studying the NSA's hacking tools.

Watch Microsoft Build 2019 Right Here

Watch Microsoft Build 2019 Right Here

Microsoft Build, the company's annual developer conference, begins on Monday in Seattle. We're also likely to hear updates about Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing service, and the new vision for Windows.

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